Keynote Speakers

 


Dr. Atya Kapley

Senior Principal Scientist Head

Director’s Research Cell Head

Environmental Biotechnology and Genomics Division CSIR-NEERI, Nagpur

 

Dr. Kapley is the principal scientist and Head along with Director’s Research Head of Environmental Biotechnology and Genomics Division, CSIR-NEERI, Nagpur. Her research is focused on monitoring environmental pollutants, studying their impact on the ecosystem and developing solutions for remediation of contaminated niches. A multi-disciplinary approach is used by combining conventional microbiology tools with engineering, molecular tools and bioinformatics to address rising levels of environmental contamination. Omics tools are used to study microbial diversity in environmental niches and analytical tools are used to study diverse chemicals from different polluted niches. Biological toxicants are monitored as multi-drug resistant genes as well as secondary metabolite producing bacteria. Effect of pesticides on signaling pathways are studied to explore toxicity of xenobiotics. Her recent work deals with the in-situ treatment of sewage drains. She has more than 104 research papers of national and international reputes in her account. She has also authored many books and chapters. Dr Kapley is the recipient of CSIR-Technology Awards 2020, for Restoration of Nallahs with Ecological Units (RENEU) Technology. She is also the Vice-President of Vice President OWSD, Asia-Pacific Region (Organization for Women in Science in the Developing World) an international organization founded in 1987 and based at the offices of The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS), in Trieste, Italy. It is a program unit of UNESCO.


Shinji Yamasaki

Professor, Infectious Disease Control Division (International Prevention of Epidemics Osaka Prefecture University, Japan

 

Professor Yamasaki is a Professor in the College of Life, Environment, and Advanced Sciences and Faculty-in-charge of the Graduate School of Life and Environmental Sciences, School of Life and Environmental Sciences of Osaka Prefecture University, Japan. He leads the Laboratory of International Prevention of Epidemics in the Department of Veterinary Sciences of the University. His research area deals with the pathogenesis of enteric bacteria. His laboratory is involved on isolation and characterization of different enteropathogens from environmental samples to elucidate the ecology, molecular pathogenesis and public health significance. Monitoring existing environmental strains and undertaking detailed studies of how pathogenic strains evolved from them is essential to the understanding of human disease and the Laboratory is diligently working on that aspect over decades.


Prof. Saman Seneweera

Director,

National Institute of Funadamantal Studies, Hanthana Road, Kandy, Sri Lanka. 

Professor & Discipline Leader of Plant Biology,

University of Southern Queensland, Toowoomba, Australia. 

Associate Professor, University of Melbourne, Australia

 

Professor Saman Seneweera is the Director of the National Institute of Fundamental Studies, Sri Lanka. He is also a Research Professor & Discipline Leader of Plant Biology at the University of Southern Queensland, Australia and Associate Professor at Department of Agriculture and Food Systems, University of Melbourne. He has over 25 years of teaching, research and human resource management experience in Australia, USA, Japan and Sri Lanka. Prof. Saman’s research focus is on the impact of climate change on crops and pastures and developing adaptation strategies to mitigate climate change. He uses range of techniques including genetics, proteomics, metabolomics and ionomics to identify new physiological traits for crop improvements. He has published over 200 research articles, including publications in Nature and Science with an h-index of 38.


Brendan Gilmore

Professor

School of Pharmacy

Material and Advanced Technologies for Healthcare

Institute for Global Food Security

 

Prof. Brendan Gilmore holds the Chair of Pharmaceutical Microbiology at Queen’s University Belfast, where he leads the Biofilm Research Group. His research is focused on understanding the processes which govern bacterial biofilm formation and tolerance to antibiotics, and the discovery of novel antibiotics, anti-biofilm agents and disinfectant approaches. His recent work has included the application of cold plasmas for biofilm decontamination, discovery of novel antimicrobials and biocatalytic enzymes from extremely halophilic microorganisms and uncovering novel druggable protease targets in bacterial biofilm formation among the ESKAPE pathogens. Prof Gilmore has published over 200 papers, is editor of the textbook ‘Hugo & Russell’s Pharmaceutical Microbiology’, a core microbiology text in schools of pharmacy worldwide. He was awarded the 2013 Royal Pharmaceutical Society Science Award for contributions to pharmaceutical microbiology and biofilm control, and was the recipient of the Society for Applied Microbiology’s WH Pierce Prize 2017, awarded to a young (under 40) scientist who has made a substantial contribution to the science of applied microbiology. He is currently leading the development and commercialization of cold plasma technology (handheld plasma jet sources) for both clinical and environmental/food safety applications, most recently supported through a >£1M BBSRC-SFI grant (EnvironSafe). He is currently a member of the steering committee tasked with the establishment of a centre for microbiome studies at QUB, which has received early-stage institutional support from Queen’s University Belfast.


Dipshikha Chakravortty

Professor

Indian Institute of Science Bangalore

 

Prof. Chakravortty is a microbiologist at the department of Microbiology and Cell Biology.  Her area of research is  “Infectious diseases and Host-pathogen cross-talk”.  She joined IISc in 2004.  She did her Phd at National Centre for Cell Sciences, Pune and Postdoc – Humboldt Fellow, at Department of Microbiology, Immunology and Hygiene, Friedrich-Alexander Universitat Erlangen, Germany. Prof. Chakravortty's research focus is on antibacterial resistance with special emphasis on Salmonella  and she is known to have done work on the pathogenesis of Salmonella typhimurium, a gram negative bacterium pathogen. Her laboratory works on diseases such as Typhoid, and the host-pathogen interaction with regard to the disease, with a view to develop a vaccine with a long-time memory against the pathogen.The team led by her has been successful in developing a treatment protocol for sepsis which uses a Bactericidal/permeability-increasing protein, a type of glycoprotein, which has been found to neutralize the bacterial endotoxin, one of the primary causative factors of sepsis. Her studies have been documented by way of a number of articles and ResearchGate, an online repository of scientific articles has listed 169 of them. Besides, she has contributed chapters to books edited by others. She has also mentored many research scholars in their doctoral studies Known for her studies on Salmonella and antibacterial resistance, Chakravortty is an elected fellow of the National Academy of Sciences, India, the Indian Academy of Sciences and the Indian National Science Academy. The Department of Biotechnology of the Government of India awarded her the National Bioscience Award for Career Development, one of the highest Indian science awards, for her contributions to biosciences, in 2010.


 

Subhajit Ray

Associate Professor

Department of Food Engineering and Technology

(Head of Department, P.G. Coordinator (Institute), Faculty in-charge, Training & Placement)

Central Institute Of Technology Kokrajhar

 

Dr. Ray is the Associate Professor, Department of Food Engineering and Technology, Central Institute of Technology Kokrajhar. His research area mainly focusses on Microbial Technology, Enzyme Engineering, Food Biotechnology, Food Waste Management, Biochemical Engineering. He has many research papers of national and international reputes in his account. He has also authored many books and chapters. Dr. Ray is the recipient of various prestigious awards.


 

Vidya Shetty K

Professor

Department of Chemical Engineering

National Institute of Technology, Surathkal

 

Professor Shetty joined the Department of Chemical Engineering of National Institute of Technology, Surathkal. Her research area mainly focusses on Wastewater Treatment, Environmental Biotechnology, Bioreactors, Nanophotocatalysis, Biosynthesis of nanoparticles, Biocomposites. Prof. Shetty has many research papers of national and international reputes to her account.

 

Important Deadlines

Submission of Full Paper:30th August, 2021
Submission of Abstract (Poster Presentation): 30th August, 2021
Acceptance Notification:30th September, 2021
Early Bird Registration for Oral and Poster Presentation: 15th October, 2021

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